Big Draw At Big Iron

Inside Dakota Ag

New Holland’s new track system for its big 4WD tractors attracted a lot of attention

Published on: September 19, 2011

One of the biggest draws at the recent Big Iron Show in West Fargo, N.D., was the New Holland SmartTrax display.

SmartTrax is the new track option for New Holland’s T9.615 and T9.670 4WD tractors.

While I was at the exhibit, there were always 8-10 people there checking futuristic track system. (It tracks look like they should go on a tank, not a tractor.)  A couple of the people were even from other implement dealerships.

“I’ve never talked some much about a new product at a show,” one of the New Holland representatives said.


SmartTrax Tracks for New Holland tractors were a "must see" at Big Iron.

Most of Big Iron attendees seemed to be comparing the New Holland’s SmartTrax to the Case IH’s Quadtracs.

Farmers zeroed in on SmartTrax’s versatility. It can be used on tractors and combines.

Here are some other details about SmartTrax:

Two types of modules are available – High Idler and Standard. The High Idler module is able to climb over larger obstacles and through mud and sand easier because the idler is positioned a couple feet above the bottom of the track, not on the bottom of the track.

The belt is 36-inches wide, the ground contact area is 3,095 square inches and the load capacity is 37,500 pounds. The Standard module weighs 5,620 pounds. The High Idler module weighs 6,325 pounds.

It has a positive drive system that eliminates belt-to-drive wheel slippage.

Belt tension is maintained with a tension cylinder and dual accumulators.

It’s made in America.

Base list price has not been announced yet. New Holland reps were telling Big Iron attendees that the cost would probably be about $170,000.

For more information, see a New Holland dealer or see www.newholland.com/na.